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It's official: WGA strike is over
92.5% of guild vote in favor of strike's end
The WGA West prexy announced the news, something the town had taken as a fait accompli, shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Some 92.5% of the 3,775 ballots cast were in favor of ending the 100-day strike, with 3,492 members voting yes and 283 die-hards ready to tilt at the windmill of continuing the work stoppage that began Nov. 5.
The vote on lifting the strike concluded a mere three days after the WGA cinched its contract agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. The strike vote was held over a 48-hour frame, with members able to vote in person at the WGA Theater and at Gotham's Crowne Plaza Hotel, or via fax.
After announcing the vote tally, Verrone said WGA members were free to go back to work "immediately," and he noted that writers for the Feb. 24 Oscar ceremony were believed to be doing just that on Tuesday night. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prexy Sid Ganis and Oscarcast exec producer Gil Cates will hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss their plans for the show now that the cloud of picket lines and stars staying home has lifted.
The AMPTP was quick to weigh in after the vote tally was announced with a statement credited to the eight top execs of its member congloms.
"This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry," read the statement credited to CBS' Leslie Moonves, MGM's Harry Sloan, NBC Universal's Jeff Zucker, News Corp.'s Peter Chernin, Paramount Pictures' Brad Grey, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Michael Lynton, Walt Disney Co.'s Robert Iger and Warner Bros.' Barry Meyer.
"The strike has been extraordinarily difficult for all of us, but the hardest hit of all have been the many thousands of businesses, workers and families that are economically dependent on our industry. We hope now to focus our collective efforts on what this industry does best -- writers, directors, actors, production crews, and entertainment companies working together to deliver great content to our worldwide audiences."
Tuesday's vote was a pro forma step, given the enthusiastic response of members to the contract agreement that guild leaders detailed at membership meetings in Gotham and L.A. on Saturday. Showrunners returned to their offices Monday in their producer capacities in preparation for the formal return to work by the scribe tribe today.
Moonves, CBS Corp. prexy and CEO who worked closely with News Corp. prexy Peter Chernin and Walt Disney Co. topper Robert Iger in initiating the informal negotiations that broke the WGA impasse last month, said that both the scribes and the studio brass had learned a lot during the wrenching process of watching TV and film production grind to a halt.
"I think there was some miscommunication early on. It was important that we started speaking eye to eye. Ultimately, getting the percentage of streaming revenue was important to (WGA), and I understand it," Moonves told Daily Variety.
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As for Stargate Atlantis, the best thing is that Carl BInder is back at work. I think he's got a better handle on character development than either Mallozzi or Gero, so having him back is good for the fans.
And best of all, all the peripheral folk in the film industry - the crew (gaffers, makeup, set dressers, etc.), the folks who wash cars, serve up food, etc. can now get back to their livelihoods.